Hi Althea :) I was extremely glad to hear you and your family apparently escaped harm in the earthquakes. As I told WT, I looked in here at the time because I knew there would be calls for you to check in.
Sorry to hear you can't stream ... I am sitting here waiting for the Sunday night concert to start. Let's catch up soon. Things are much much better at my house than the last time we spoke.
Is Mando still around, anyone?
Glad to hear it - that some of the old timers are still here.
To tell the truth I had not looked in here for a very, very long time until the earthquake in Nepal - that induced me to check this board because I knew people would be asking about her and I was relieved to see her posting. That kind of got me in the mood again. Some local friends were actually going to Chicago, but for me, no, no, just no.
Waves hello to all ... Althea Rose, Rob, everyone, give a shout some time! (Rob wrote me...
Really nice AUD source of a decent show.
25. 6/12/84 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
a. Alabama Getaway – Safe start, safe tune. AUD source sounds good. You can clearly hear the boomy echoing that AUDS at Red Rocks produced.
b. Greatest Story Ever Told – Jerry’s runs sounds really good. Of course, they are offset by chimey keys – which sound really bad.
c. Friend of the Devil* – Nice...
"Hey Dale, would you like to come up here and hold my pickle to satisfy this weird man?"
Dale is also interested in Stravinsky...
I am interested in:
Killer Half-Step>Franklin's, Althea>Rooster and Let it Grow.
They're announcing which shows day by day, but this list of tracks in the 4CD set was posted in a comment on dead.net, suggesting that the description of the 4CD set was at first more revealing than they'd intended. Or maybe the guy who listed it made it all up:
Grateful Dead - 3o Trips Around The Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995
1. Caution (Do Not Step On Tracks) [credited to The Emergency Crew]
2.Cream Puff War (Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 7/3/66)
3. Viola Lee...
Enjoyed one of the few Road Trips I own on the drive in with 05-15-1970 (* highly recommended - truly disgusting Lesh tone and bass roll in Other One), however today's selection harkens back instead to 1983, a time of Reaganomics, Return of the Jedi and right on the cusp of Garcia's descent into Mordor, only to emerge as the fat chili dog eating, coke snorking troll of 84-85...do check out 05-13, 05-14 of this stand at the Greek too, very solid all around, especially...
Definitely one of the better shows of 1981 and a great sounding board from that year. Althea and China>Rider are huge, Garcia is playing some wailing licks in the China>Rider segue. The second set is well played with a superb He's Gone dedicated to Bob Marley.
Set I Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Peggy-O, Cassidy, It Must Have Been The Roses, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea-> Little...
I've been focusing on one year at a time lately (not in the detail of Mr. Jammer, however) and have been going through the Spring of 1980. I don't think I really noticed before just how many incredibly strong shows they put together during this tour. Jerr's voice is particularly strong and his playing truly inspired from one show to the next. And Brent's tinkly emissions seem somewhat muted compared to the Fall of 79. Always...
China/Rider kidnapped my desk and left a ransom note with letters cut and pasted from different magazines demanding more furniture. When I refused to pay up I received a shoe box full of sawdust with a message "This is what happens when you piss Jerry off".
He roared his "Headlight" verse with enough emotion to melt my stapler. Well played Fat Man.
Forgot to mention that prior to...
Nothing jumped out during this show, but despite the chimey keys, it was pretty solid and ended up as an above average show
19. 4/30/84 - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
a. Iko, Iko – Jangly keys. Standard 80s fare.
b. Greatest Story Ever Told – Keys are jangly but are behind Phil, Jerry and Bobby’s vocals so they sound okay. Phil and Jerry are locked in with each other. Jer provides the feints and jabs while Phil follows...
Around and Around, Johnny B Goode and Touch of Gray all graded as "Stand Out for the Year"
Wharf Rat graded as "All Time Great"
17. 4/27/84 - Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
(Stand out show)
a. Alabama Getaway* – Nice start. B3 keys sound good. Jerry sounds really hoarse. We’ll see how he holds up through the show. Nice guitar runs. Always good to hear Phil well up in the mix. I’m...
Holy Crap!? I was miffed because it was dry yesterday, and my hair was all over the place...note: I only have a very few "hairs" left, so this was trying, I tell you. What good is a comb-over if the hair is standing straight-up? I mean, really!
But, this puts it all in perspective; Rose, I salute you!
Seriously; take care of that family!
D. said from your f/b that houses collapsed all around you and you have been sleeping in your car. Is H. family village OK?
Please let us know what we can do for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please be safe. S.
Leave it to jambands to have some of the most vicious commentary about the lowest stakes.
Is this BW first live GD-ish performance since time off?
That Althea not so much for me. BW sounds... confused. Mayer is eh. Bass is rockin' though.
I had to tell a kid today that the Babe Ruth League wasn't for him. Maybe someone needs to say, "Hey Bob, love ya. Great run, but time to pack up." I just hear confusion when he plays now. Listen to any '74 and then listen to him play that...
Samson & Delilah, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Althea, Little Red Rooster, Tennessee Jed, My Brother Esau, Might As Well
Touch Of Gray-> Women Are Smarter, Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Playin' In The Band-> China Doll-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues
Morgantown W.V. simply one of my favorite places on the East Coast ducking in and out...
Spectrum - A show filled with rarities and some fine playing with the energy making up for any foibles. The first set is one of the better ones of the year. Big Boss Man always one of my favorites, Cumberland smokes, who saw the Tons of Steel>Supplication coming? Second set is a mish mash pre drums with energy and unpredictability ruling over tight playing, post drums features a space that rolls into a Garcia led jam right into an outstanding GDTRFB...check this one...
Nice write up Mando.
I did a review of this show about a year ago for another site that I frequent. Reviewing my notes, I see that you and I are mostly on the same page with this show.
Funky was how I described Stranger and West LA.
Althea thru Esau was the highlight of the first set.
Big RR Blues has a blistering pace to it.
Jerry definitely struggles with TOG. Both vocally and musically.
Spanish Jam > TOO > Wharfrat is the highlight of set 2.
Spanish Jam has what I think is a dark...
The first example of what came to characterize many of the shows in 84. Not necessarily bad, but compressed and efficient as if they were playing just enough of the tune to call it done and move on. Jerry was a train wreck during Touch.
I did however work a reference to cilantro into a show description. For whatever that's worth.
6. 4/07/84 – Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA
a. Feel Like A Stranger* – Psychedelic funkiness? ...
3. 3/31/84 - Marin County Veterans Auditorium, San Rafael, CA
a. Alabama Getaway* – Jerry attacks the vocals, great lines thrown down by Phil, the keys sound really good – B3, no tinkly. Off to a good start.
b. Feels Like A Stranger – Nice and crisp. Great mix for Phil. Nothing remarkable about the tune, but sounds pretty good. Keys good, just the right amount of tinkly – did I just say that?
Thanks for posting. If all it takes is parchment paper lets all pitch in and send Hunter a box! Just kidding.
Have to admit part one was more interesting. The Glory Days. The 80s and 90s? Not so much.
But was delighted to read how the 'Althea question' got asked. I've always wondered....
"There WERE people messing with him." Names, Hunter, names, dammit!
The MAMU > Big River is so bouncy and joyful!
It always has sounded to me that there was a tuba in the mix there. Was Bruce guesting this night? (Just kidding.)
Possibly my favorite Althea here, a great Walkin' Blues cover, and a smokin' Promised Land to end the first set.
And we haven't even got to the Help>Slip>Frank opener!
Little escapes your critical eye, no? Your are like the the mythical Sawney Bean of the Forum. Lurking about to waylay anyone careless enough to make the slightest error in either fact or form then dragging them back to your cave to be flayed and boiled for the evening's repast.
So the best you can do is quote My Big Fat Greek Wedding at me? And let in a stray apostrophe to boot? Maybe I need to be here more often!
Oh yeah, and these days it's the Queen's English, ya colonial poltroon!
Well, maybe you're suddenly around TOO much.
"Ooo, look at me; I speak the King's English and can spell."
You and your dictionary can go back under that rock whence you came.
A favorite quote that may, or may not, apply:
A Greek father speaking to his non-Greek son in law:
"My people were writing philosophy when your's were still swinging from trees"
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SDH is a formidably upright and exemplary character in many ways but he never did grasp how to spell geniuses. I have nothing than that - just wanted to say, hello Craven, you mad genius, and to let you know that, yes, I am around.
" The world is lacking truly humble geniouses" ~ or genii,
whichever end is up... Science, I hope rob is not around.
At least we still have your (by definition) "the guardian spirit of a place, institution, etc".
You just keep that world spinnin SDH...
Im just happy to be a HA BOOB in this small cog
You are correct. I must give him props for trimming the hedges a bit.
I think Mayer could be so much more, but his gigantic head makes it hard to see whatever talent may be hiding under that overinflated dome. The world is lacking truly humble geniouses. Shut up and play indeed.
I beg to differ my brother, I thought Weir looked a hell of
a lot better than the last time he was out. Pete forbid a
hippie gets a hair cut, but I thought he cleaned up good.
(see: no F-ed up beard).
Obvious statements: John Mayer can play guitar. BUT~ " Head bopping and grimacing like he just played the greatest note EVER" ~ hits it on the head. Total tool, this is nothing new...
I loved his Qs: "What was it like to be an stage with Jerry?" (ineffable, duh)
" it was like watching two high school kids in their parent's basement trying to out-Hendrix each other. Most definitely doesn't work while playing a Dead tune."
That's a hilarious and apt description of Mayer. Thanks.
The drummer in this clip looked like he was doing his 'yawn' best to keep rhythm for a 'jam band'
and meanwhile the bass player is trying hard to keep his smile thru the entire tune but I did not actually hear his bass in the mix.
I did like seeing Weir break out the slide!
Weir seemed somewhat unsteady on his feet at times.
I hope Trey doesn't show up with a Trampoline in Chicago.
He's a great player, no doubt. But I just can't stand to look at him while he plays. Head bopping and grimacing like he just played the greatest note EVER. Definitely needs to bring it down a few notches.
I saw a Crossroads episode on Palladia that featured him and Keith Urban. Both very talented guitarists, but it was like watching two high school kids in their parent's basement trying to out-Hendrix each other. Most definitely doesn't work while playing a Dead tune.
Hi Althea Rose! (!_!)
You know how the song goes, Women Are Smarter, and that little voice telling us $1,000 minimum per person three-day weekend in ginormous distortion pit, something not natural about that,...maybe she just listened with her wise mind...and decided to watch the local big screen simulcast with the rest of us, then party down in the parking lot or out at Abe's farm.
"And by the way, the set lists have been composed and leaked! They've even decided who's singing what! Such planning is unheard of in the GD universe, but here they are:
Dancin In The Streets (RW)
Good Lovin (RW)
Friend Of The Devil (BH)
Mason’s Children (PL+ALL)
Minglewood Blues (RW)
The Golden Road (TA)
Cold Rain & Snow (BH)
Viola Lee Blues (PL+ALL)
II: Alligator (RW)
Death Don’t (ALL)
-----you need to write Sci-Fi Althea!
Some alternatives to Fare Thee Well:
SEEDS AND STEMS 3 day bake out.
CHICAGO-BYOB-Bring your own Blotter
SCARING THE CHILDREN-2
THE SHIRTLESS ONES!!!
The Kennedy still sounds a lot better than Soldier Field.
Try using my unproven algorithm and some common sense.
What's my experience? I'm a Village Idiot! Furthermore, I can't sing, I can't dance, and I can't play any instruments. BFD! Read this posting of mine... https://archive.org/post/309958/june-9-and-amp-10-tapers-gauntlet-reveals-an-orgy-of-sound
More than anything else, GD was Jerry, and Jerry was GD. His creative interplaying and jamming with Phil (and Bobby, to a lesser extent) is legendary. When he had his voice he could sing as...
Happy New Year everyone. I hope your 2015 is safe, prosperous, healthy, happy and you are surrounded by those you love.
For anyone who cares, here are my post project thoughts. I'll pick up with individual show postings next year on their respective TDIH and run it until I've posted each show review starting with my first review on 23 June.
When I started this project, I had no idea where it was going to end up. I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge since I was dropping...
Althea graded as Stand out for the Year.
'Let It Grow' and 'Playin' in the Band' graded as All Time Great Contenders
63. 12/29/84 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
a. One More Saturday Night – An interesting opening tune. At least it was to me since OMSN usually shows up as a closer or an encore. Jer’s riffs are...
that and the MSG shows are legendary. good call!
I have been enjoying the 86 'coma comeback' shows WAY too
much lately. Deal, TOG, and of course Candyman (brings a tear everytime)
Pass that Whiskey 'round.
Jerry New Year. The music never stopped
Edit~ TDIH~ https://archive.org/details/gd1986-12-30.128691.mtx.nicksmix.flac16
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Althea, I always thought this was about sex, and so I am, I admit, kinda more than OK about it...
Chris, I just woke up, and only one eye is awake at the moment, so back to you in a bit after I can read better, but looks more than worth lookin at...
Another 79 gem. First set is nice, indicative of the fresh groove of late 79, Althea is a highlight. Second set opens with one of the best Shakedown Streets, Garcia's use of pinched harmonics with the Mutron pedal coupled with Mydlands synch provide one of the better funk jams of the period...do check out the rest of the show, all is solid and well jammed, hard to find better versions of some of these tunes in 79.
79 is not a go-to year for me, either. Though, I am enjoying this stretched out Althea. And, a REALLY stretched Sugaree (clocking in at over 17".)
Sometimes, it's nice to have someone else pick the show---one less decision to make in a day full of decisions.
Jack Straw ->
Me And My Uncle ->
Easy To Love You
New Minglewood Blues
The Music Never Stopped
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Looks Like Rain
He's Gone ->
C C Rider ->
Not Fade Away ->
Black Peter ->
One More Saturday Night
I love this show. 1979 is not my favorite year, instead, it offers enough...
While I have to be in the mood for it Stela Blue is one beautiful song. I do not like it when it's played outside in searing heat,only a seated theater setting.I'll go for out of the box The Loser and Althea also. Many will say Broke Down Palace and I agree but that's really and obvious one.
I can't believe I forgot about this one ! I put on the and disc of the Dick's version, and got to screwing around online (maybe here?) and somewhere I started to notice "Hey this thing is still in the transition jam","Hey this really really great !".
Experts in this time period will snort, "how many years have you owed this and you just found this out ? ",ok you are right . Not taunt, explosive this is a mesmeric , trance inducing 30min version . And the...
There's no correct answer of course and obviously these can only be highly subjective answers, but as I sit here listening to the 1980 TDIH show (though a common practice for me, here's a hat tip to 'stratocaster'), 'To Lay Me Down struck me as having some of the most beautiful lyrics in the Dead's (Hunter's) oeuvre:
"To lay me down
with my head
in sparkling clover
Let the world go by
all lost in dreaming"
"To be with you
To be with you
with our bodies
anyone who has read my posts knows i honk on about 10-10-80, so it's time to give thanks to the Dead muse for the bountiful harvest that occurred that day. But it gets better, for whatever reason 10-10...sheer coincidence? numerology at play? on the double 10s the band played some real corkers through their career...the 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981 and 1982 shows are all outstanding, in particular the 1980 and 1982 specimens are perhaps the best shows of those respective years, the '68 is none too...
We'll probably all have a different reading on it, but what I heard listening to this awesome version again today I could swear is a distinct reading of Sly & the Family Stone's "Thankuforlettinmebemiceelfagain"...spin that tune then go immediately to that stop and start funk section of this 9/18/74 version and tell me if you agree....it took me a minute but I'd place dollars to donuts that that's it!
Thank you both - this is what I was after. As you say, the stage gear only enhances the tone from his hands to speakers. It's the single coil pickups and switching to the bridge pickup then, that I think you're implying were the foundation of the guitar's sound, along with amp/gear adjustments as noted by DP. Then multiply that by Garcia's expert technique...
I've viewed that YouTube of Althea several times, watching him slip the pick back and forth. Gets me every time.
Just short of being a "Stand out show for the Year"
Cold Rain and Snow and Truckin' were graded as "Stand out for the Year" tunes. Truckin' not for the reason you might think....
43. 7/21/84 – Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA
a. Shakedown Street – As in recent shows, some trepidation at the brightness and jangle in the keys, and the immediate chiming we are subjected to. ...
Always tempting to go to the 1974 show today (which I will listen to at some point today), but this show and run at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin is outstanding and deserves recognition for featuring some of the best performances of a number of tunes and maybe one of their last "great" three night stands. I can't think of a better first set of the 86-90 Mydland era and a pretty damn strong second set. This is some of the finest late era playing you'll hear from Jerry, the band sounds...
While listening to the 7/9/95 show this morning, I started to write down some thoughts and this is what fell out of my melon. I didn't bother to check if there were similar writings floating around the internet, I'd be surprised if there weren't. Enjoy......
19 years ago today, a bus pulled into Terrapin Station after a long strange trip Truckin' through the Promised Land. Onboard was a special Passenger and The Other Ones. They had travelled So Many Roads from Franklin’s Tower to the...
Let's see if SDH and/or craven are paying attention at the Stella Blue paragraph....
31. 6/26/84 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
He's Gone was graded as "Stand Out for the Year"
a. Tuning – Predator chimes can be heard stretching.
b. Casey Jones – Drums are very distinct. Jerry is slightly left and behind the keys, but his vocals are front left. Bobby sounds like he is standing at the back of...
Give it a listen. H/S/F to open, Train to Cry, Althea also quite nice.
First Supplication jam in over 5 years, and Jerry teasing it before 2nd set opener (listen closely). Plus a nice space > Other One > Morning Dew closer.
Hey Dudley Dead;
Merle Haggard -- The Fightin' Side Of Me-- is like a Nixon campaign rally. I remember my -World War Two- generation great Uncle's and Aunt's being of that mind frame.
I believe the left has lost it way today but mobilization against the Vietnam War was needed. My Grandfather who was the most patriotic person I knew personally went down to the draft board to keep my Uncle from going to Vietnam.(not that it helped any) and although I would help the Vietnamese people rise up...
The Althea is good , but I think it go better in the next few years . But yes this is a nice one . I'm pretty persnickety about Peggy-O . I like the solo here, and it's a fine version for the era ; but compared to the tremendous versions from77 (even 78) , I feel it lost the hypnotic sweetness (and some of Garcia's mot ecstatic solos ) it had in those early peak Peggy years . My 2cents .
Grateful Dead - Althea - 12/31/79 - Oakland Auditorium (OFFICIAL)
---Wow. recently uploaded to You-Tube.
"Can't talk to me without talking to you
We're guilty of the same old thing
Talking a lot about less and less
And forgetting the love we bring"
I was at all three of these shows, the 05-21 show was the best by a long shot...I remember this show for it being the last time I've ever ingested shrooms and for the pretty decent morning dew...the first night was awful, the Althea is the worst version of anything I saw them do live...the Sunday night gig I did by myself and had the incredible fortune of getting myself about ten feet away from a small group of gorgeous showgirls, a couple of which decided to go topless for a time...
Would be easy to go straight to one of the few Road Trips I own in 05-15-1970 (truly disgusting Lesh tone and bass roll in Other One), however today's selection harkens back instead to 1983, a time of Reaganomics, Return of the Jedi and Garcia's descent into Mordor...do check out 05-13, 05-14 of this stand at the Greek too, very solid all around, especially 05-14...
Second set was one of my favorite tapes back in the day, still come back to it...no soundboard exists to my...
Coliseum, New Haven, Conn. One of the better shows of the year, typically overshadowed by 05-06 and 05-16. First set is very well played, with Althea smoldering and China>Rider blazing. Second set opens with a very strong Shakedown Street, later He's Gone is dedicated to Bob Marley and is really a fine version. Post space is not anything special on paper, but the band gives attention to each tune.
I must have too much free time tonight as I decided to see if Phil was right about not repeating any songs during this run. I guess we can't blame the man for his faulty memory, but I was impressed that for 6 shows they only repeated a few songs: on 10/31 we get He's Gone and OMSN (both played 10/27), Deal is played on 10/27 and 11/3 and Throwing Stones on 10/28 and 11/3. Perhaps I missed a few, but what other band could play for 3 hours on 6 nights and repeat only 4 songs? Do you think...
"I Know You Rider" by Grateful Dead, cover by Anaya Jolie
Jackson Danger: Acoustic "Althea" By The Grateful Dead
Ripple - Grateful Dead Cover - performed by Sophie
Grateful Dead - Wharf Rat (cover) Naelee Rae
Mountains Of The Moon- Grateful Dead Acoustic Cover...
Hey Althea Rose;
No, I would say that Hunter has infused some dead songs with biblical references.
The line in Franklin's about "one watch by night, one watch
by day" seems to be biblical in nature. To me it has the feel of the chapter of Isaiah I referenced. It also parallels the rebuilding of the walls after the Jews returned from the Persian exile but I felt that might be to obscure a reference for this forum.
There are tunes like the Wheel that almost certainly are biblical...
Uttica 1981 - a nice show in a month of good playing from the Dead. Of particular note is the well jammed Cassidy in the first set and It Must Have Been the Roses, Estimated>Eyes and Wharf Rat from the second set, all three second set tunes make the 1981 year in review highlight reel, a project that is finally nearing completion
SBD Partial 1st Set http://archive.org/details/gd1981-03-13.pset1.sbd.digitalrbb.miller.113101.flac16
SBD 2nd Set...
Also I'm not exactly sure but the yellow tape mentioned earlier, it could be when they started cracking down a bit on the shakedown Street. Don't get me wrong Hampton was awesome for shakedown Street but the late 80s due to the excessive amount of heads not going to the show, some restrictions were in place. But obviously not the fountain :-) I got to go with Althea Rose our site designer specialists, and also the observation of the trees, I'm going for March 87 or March 88.
I can tell you...
Sorry Mando, that kinda made my point. Althea, Bird Song, Playin'> China Doll are nicely done but I don't feel the creative juices that were flowing 20 years earlier. Missing the vitality of youth I guess.
Yeah the term- jam band - is also pretty in house.
The misspelling of all band names in the article
also a 'red flag'.
The worst article ever written against the Dead and Garcia in specific was by George Will who took the occasion of Jerry's passing to lambast everything in the Grateful Dead universe.
He was a hell of a writer for his age...I dug that article, thanks for posting it Althea. What a wild time that must have been, October '73 in San Rafael....Think about the run of shows the boys were about to uncork - it's freakin' incredible. Fall '73 rivals Spring '77 in my book any day. What a great read and a feel for what it was like for them at that time.
That kid could write.
Hey Althea Rose;
I hear a real mix of eastern and western culture.
This is not my worship music but I respect anyone else's right to claim it as such.
I am still looking for a left handed monkey wrench
somewhere around here at IA.